Manjimup is the centre of a thriving fruit and vegetable industry, is the proud birthplace of the delicious Pink Lady apple and the largest producer of fresh truffles in the southern hemisphere. Over eighty percent of the area in the Manjimup Shire is covered by National Parks and state forests.
Visitors can spend time bushwalking, taking forest and ecology tours, wine tasting, or trout and marron fishing. Manjimup is the service and commercial centre for the region, offering a good selection of shops, including Coles, Woolworths, Mitre 10, Retravision, all major bank branches and a variety of engineering services for the traveller (mechanical repairs etc) in the light industrial estate.
Within a short drive of the town you can visit the Diamond Tree Lookout Tower. The Diamond Tree is one of three climbing trees in the Southern Forests Region and was used as a fire lookout from 1941 to 1947. It stands 51 metres high and visitors can climb to the top for spectacular views.
The Manjimup Timber Park gives a fascinating insight into the local industry and logging heritage. The Park contains a museum, historical hamlet, vintage machinery and a blacksmith’s forge.
Another feature is the Four Aces, a row of Karri trees that are over 300 years old. They stand only 500 metres from One Tree Bridge. As the name suggests this bridge was made from a single Karri Tree and survives as a testament to the ingenuity of the early pioneers. For those interested in the history of the area, a visit to the Dingup Church and the Pioneer Cairn are highly recommended.
Seven kilometres from Manjimup on Seven Day Road is the popular Fonty’s Pool. Created in 1925 by Archie Fontanini as a pool to irrigate his vegetables, it soon became a favourite picnic spot and a great place to enjoy a summertime swim. This area is also home to the famous black truffle. The Wine & Truffle Company is the largest producer of fresh truffles in the southern hemisphere and offers a gourmet cafe where visitors can sample this delicacy. You are even able to participate in a truffle hunt.
The famous “Pink Lady” apple was developed in Manjimup region and the horticultural industry in the Southern Forests region continues to evolve with new pursuits including avocado farming, green tea, and the rare gourmet black truffle. You can pick up the freshest of produce at the farm gate including apples, pears, peaches, plums, cherries, apricots, nectarines, kiwi fruit, chestnuts, hazelnuts, cauliflower, broccoli, carrots, onions and corn.
Each year Manjimup town hosts the Cherry Harmony Festival, commencing with a Cherry Festival Blossom launch in October. The town celebrates the 'Cherry Harmony Festival' in early December, which includes a Cherry Ball, evening concert, and the silver service Cherry Long Table Lunch in a cherry orchard. Several varieties of cherries are grown in local orchards and are available from November to January.
The Manjimup 15,000 International Motocross Spectacular is Australia’s richest motocross race with top national and international motocross riders presenting action packed racing on a world class circuit. Motorcycling is not limited to track events, there are plenty of recreational cross country motor bike rides and organised tours available.
Manjimup is the gateway to tall timber country. For more information, contact the Manjimup Visitor Centre.
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